Decorating a shabby chic living room: tips and examples
Decorating a shabby chic living room is your best choice if you want a super stylish and trendy look without spending too much. Shabby chic, by the way, refers to a decorating style that makes use vintage accessories, pastels, and comfortable furniture to achieve a comfortable and casual style with warm and inviting feel. This style actually not too different from our grandmother’s decorating style: lace tablecloths, dreamy soft floral fabrics, light painted furniture, wrought iron curtain rods with filmy sheer curtains, and colorful fresh flowers.
Another main aspect of decorating in shabby chic is the use of “barely there” pastel colors for wall treatments or furniture and flea market finds to furnish and accessorize. In other words, shabby chic means the use of “not perfect” looking items, vintage fabrics, white furniture combined with lots of creativity!
To help you get started with your shabby chic living room, here are some room decorating ideas plus pictures for your inspiration.
For furniture, the key to achieving a shabby chic look for your living room is to use furniture pieces that look distressed (even if they are new). Flea markets are great places to find these items. Also, you may sue an upholstered couch that in very pale fabric, without a pattern. It should be very comfortable and faded looking. Also, white slipcovers for your sofa are shabby chic favorite. Add some throw pillows with floral fabrics that do not necessarily match.
For the floor, use area rugs that are soft and inviting. The most appropriate would be the shaggy, plain white or rose colored area rugs.
As to lighting, shabby chic light fixtures are often associated with crystal looking beads so you may opt for chandeliers or beaded lampshades or even shiny pendant lights.
To accessorize, your best accessories would be fresh flowers but try the “thrown together” look. Other nice accessories for your shabby chic living room are lacy white curtains, wire wine racks, bohemian looking tins as well as vintage paintings.
To make you more inspired in decorating shabby chic living rooms, we decided to pool together 10 lovely living rooms that make use of this style.
10 SHABBY CHIC LIVING ROOM INSPIRATIONS
If you like this post, then you should also checkout our previous post on decorating a shabby chic bedroom.